Are AC/DC about to end their 41 year career on a terribly sad note? As the rumors that have surfaced on the end of AC/DC continue, there are unnamed source denials and Australian music reporters that today are saying that now that since the apparent news is out, the band and their management will be making an official announcement on the situation tomorrow.
AC/DC vocalist Brian Johnson has said in past that the follow-up to 2008′s ‘Black Ice’ had been delayed due to someone’s poor health, but at the time didn’t specify which member, but two months ago Johnson did say that the band would be entering a Vancouver studio in May to record a new album, followed by a 40-city tour to commemorate their 40th anniversary.
Reports from various sources are saying that more than a month ago, founding member, rhythm guitarist, co-producer and co-songwriter Malcolm Young had a stroke, which left a blood clot on his brain.
Australian Rock journalist Darryl Mason is reporting today that when AC/DC reunited at the start of April to begin a month of rehearsals, Malcolm discovered he couldn’t play. Or at least not play like he he used to be able to.
Apparently friends and family members have been discussing what happened to Malcolm for the past couple of weeks and believe the decision was made last week to call it quits. If this is all legit and the band is done, it does not mean that Malcolm won’t recover, either to being able to play, or more importantly, regaining motor skills lost after the stroke so he can live out his days in peace and with a great quality of life.
An announcement is expected tomorrow (Wednesday, April 16), with a reported press conference having been scheduled.
Billboard however is reporting today that “there’s no truth to the rumors” citing unnamed “insiders.” They also report that neither their management nor record label have issued any comment on the matter as of yet.
Peter Ford, an Australian entertainment reporter originally reported that Malcolm Young was ready to retire for “personal reasons,” and that the five band members have a pact that prohibits the band from continuing in the event of a member’s departure.
All indications lead us to believe at this point that AC/DC, or at least Malcolm Young will not be recording or performing anytime in the immediate future. If the band itself as an entity is done however, it will be a sad, sad day if we get that formal announcement tomorrow. LONG LIVE AC/DC!! ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCK BANDS IN HISTORY! And all the best to the great Malcolm Young!